IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 314: Of Monks and Men: Narratives of Masculinity, II

Monday 9 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:School of Humanities, University of Lincoln / Division of History, University of Huddersfield
Organiser:Joanna Huntington, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Moderator/Chair:Joanna Huntington, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Paper 314-aChronicle Representations of Henry II and His Sons
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Anderson, School of Music, Humanities & Media, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Sexuality
Paper 314-bThe Representation of Childless Kings in William of Tyre's Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum
(Language: English)
Ashley Sarah Winterbottom-Firth, Division of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Sexuality
Paper 314-cValo(u)r and Values: Evaluations of Bishops in Late Medieval English Chronicles
(Language: English)
Patricia Cullum, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Religious Life, Sexuality
Abstract

Two linked sessions examine the construction of masculinities in different types of medieval narrative. The papers also open up important questions concerning audience and the functions of narrative sources – which are still often either treated at face value, as transparent windows into What Really Happened, or dismissed as biased or fanciful. Through consideration of chronicles and hagiography, the speakers address treatments of sexuality, celibacy, episcopal cultures, the interrelationships between laici and clerici, and royal fatherhood (or lack thereof).